Today is El Dia de los Huevos. The Day of the Eggs. No, it’s not a Mexican holiday. It’s the day I added eggs to my detox diet to see how they make me feel. And after my seventh egg of the day, I feel great! I did notice a bit of, shall we say, gastric distress after egg number three. Probably totally unrelated to the egg consumption.

I realized today that I was going to have to start shopping for clothes soon if I keep losing weight. I’ve lost at least 5 pounds. Of course, that was all today after my gastric distress. Perhaps I shouldn’t count on that continuing.

Super Duck

Super Duck

I didn’t have an egg picture, so I added a picture of a life jacket from a Boston “Duck” tour. (I’ll admit, I only took the photo because I thought it said Super Dick.)

As far as the decluttering goes, I did a little bit of cleaning in the garage last Sunday. It was just so I could top off the garbage and recycling wheelie bins before Monday’s pickup. I gathered 1 bag of garbage and 2 bags of recycling. That brings me to a total of 173 bags, boxes and small pieces of furniture that I’ve gotten rid of since January.

I recently read two decluttering tips on Sarah Titus’ blog.

  1. If it hasn’t been used in six months, get rid of it.
  2. Declutter 10 minutes per day.

First let me say that I really appreciate that’s it’s two tips, instead of ten tips, or thirty-four simple steps, or a hundred questions to ask yourself before getting rid of anything. And these tips probably will work for someone else, maybe a lot of someone elses. But not me.

Number one triggers my worst hoarder instincts. I hoard (in part) because something MIGHT be useful someday, even if I haven’t used it in six months, or ten years, or ever. Yes, I’m working very hard to get over that, but putting that arbitrary six month rule into place just makes me want to throw myself on my piles of stuff and scream, “NOOOOO!!!!! You can’t take it!!!!! It’s MIIIINNNE!!!” Mature, I know.

The second tip would probably work better for me. That is, if my personality was totally different. Again, I’m trying to change. I’m trying to be more like the fabled tortoise, instead the hare, but it’s a struggle. I tend to do everything in fits and starts, instead of applying steady, consistent effort. I get a lot done, but only occasionally.

What was my mantra from April? Focus, discipline, appreciation. That’s kind of tortoise stuff. I’m still working on all of those.

Meanwhile, Happy Dia de los Huevos to you and yours!

Stay tuned…